In 1961 a church was started in a small house which had a grocery store attached to the front of it. It was located on the corner of SE 3rd St. and Payton Ave on the south side of Des Moines just three blocks north of our present campus. That first little church soon closed.
In 1963 the Iowa District of the Assemblies of God became owners of that little church building. Then District Superintendent Gannon asked Rev. Richard Arrowood and his wife Irene if they would start an Assemblies of God church on the south side of Des Moines. He instructed them:
“Just go out next Sunday, and open the doors and have church.”
On a cold February day that little church was open again. Without any canvassing, no promotions and no ads the first Sunday attendance was four; the Arrowood’s and their two children.
By 1964 that little church had an average of forty people attending each Sunday. Rev. Charles and Shari Carlson were the churches next pastors. During their two and half years as pastor an agreement was made to purchase the property where the present church is located.
In 1965 Berean Assembly of God, located in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, gave monies to make the purchase of those lots possible. Several other assemblies of God churches across Iowa also gave monies to build the first church building. This building is now utilized as the youth and fellowship hall. Rev. Arrowood and his wife returned to pastor Glad Tidings in 1968 and in time to hold the first service in the new building in early 1969.
By 1970 that little church of 4 had grown to an average of 60 people coming each Sunday. Not satisfied, the members started a bus ministry to area children. The first Sunday of the bus ministry the church went from 68 one week to 209 the next! The church continued to grow and added a daycare which is presently utilized as educational space. The church quickly needed multiple services to handle the increasing numbers of people.
In 1973 the present sanctuary was built quickly filling with an average of 350 people attending Sunday services. The Arrowood’s remained the churches pastors until 1991 when Rev. Arrowood was elected as a district official for the Assemblies of God.
Rev. Richard Arrowood was followed by Rev. Dennis Niles, Rev. Randy Nelson, Rev. William Hartman and our current pastor Rev. Bill Wenig. The church has gone through many renovations and alterations during that time to continue to accomplish our goal to meet the needs of the people of South Des Moines with the love of Jesus Christ.